President Nana Akufo-Addo has asked the Commission of Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) to open investigations into the allegations leveled by Open Source Investigators against his person for allegedly paying his political consultants from public coffers.
In a statement issued on Wednesday night and signed by the Presidential Press Aide, Mr Eugene Arhin, the President claimed that all payments made to KRL were not from official government sources.
Below is the statement
PRESIDENT DIRECTS INVESTIGATIONS INTO KRL CONTRACT AND PAYMENTS
In line with his avowed commitment to free and fair elections and decency in Ghanaian politics, the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo wishes to assure the nation that he has never acted against the rules governing Ghanaian elections and that he has no intentions to change from his proven track record as a consummate believer in democracy.
The President has been made aware of the publication of some confidential files, released by the US Department of Justice’s FARA
Registration Unit of the National Security Division (NSD/FARA Registration Unit), in which he has been mentioned as having engaged a US based PR firm to help him with his political campaigns, and whilst as President, having paid the firm with public funds.
The President wishes to state for the record, that all his political campaigns of 2008, 2012 and 2016 were actively supported by KRL International, of USA. The team from the company acted as consultants who helped in researching and crafting messages that particularly helped the NPP to win the 2016 elections. Accordingly, the slogans and catchphrases used in the historic 2016 campaign were thankfully provided by KRL, for which the company was paid in 2017.
In all engagements with KRL international, the office of the leader of the opposition was represented by the Head of Fundraising, the venerable Mr Ken Ofori Atta. But for dirty politics, there is no reason for anybody to link His Excellency the President to this contract.
Furthermore, and in line with his previous directives concerning matters of such nature, the President has directed the Commission for Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) to engage the US Department of Justice and investigate this matter to establish the truth or otherwise of the allegations leveled by Open Source Investigators, against Finance Minister Ken Ofori Atta, for having paid the President's campaign consultants with tax payers money."